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In this blog, the Zana Tomich, Noel Sterrett and the business attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC weigh in on matters of importance to small and closely held business and nonprofit leaders in the Detroit area, Chicagoland, Northern Illinois and beyond. We hope the information here is helpful to you.

Detroit to implement “pink zones” to spur commercial development

Detroit Planning and Development officials recently announced a project intended to revive Detroit’s neighborhood business corridors while simultaneously easing the City’s notorious bureaucratic hurdles. The project, called “Pink Zoning Detroit,” aims to simplify the City’s outdated and complex land use and zoning regulations and reduce the […]

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New I-9 Penalties Raise Stakes for Restaurants

One of the biggest challenges facing restaurant operators is finding reliable employees. Perhaps it is not a new issue, but it is one of the most common complaints I hear from nearly every type of restaurant. With that challenge, managers are often presented with the […]

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“The Field” Announces Kickoff Event for Food Entrepreneurs

Food businesses are booming in Detroit, and Dalton & Tomich is happy to be planting the seeds of future success for local food entrepreneurs. We have been representing an increasing number of food-related businesses in the city, and as part of our effort to encourage […]

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Top 5 Legal Considerations Facing Food Trucks

There’s no question about it: the food truck industry is booming. While food trucks are certainly a popular choice for burgeoning entrepreneurs, they also involve many unique legal considerations. Below is a summary of some of the most common legal issues facing food truck owners. Choosing […]

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Is a Recipe Intellectual Property?

Imagine this: a restaurant hires a celebrity chef to give its business a boost with a headliner to draw new customers to the establishment. The celebrity chef creates new dishes while employed at the restaurant, and naturally, a following ensues that increases business. A few years […]

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Cooking up a Culinary Nonprofit

Like so many of our friends and clients, we’re passionate about food. We’re also passionate about contributing to the continued revitalization of the City of Detroit. This summer we are bringing the two together by partnering with local chefs, restaurateurs and other business owners in creating […]

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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Impact: Employers Must Provide Notice in Employment Agreements

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, 18 U.S.C. 1832. The DTSA, modeled on the Uniformed Trade Secrets Act, provides federal protection for trade secrets and confidential information, something that has generally been governed by the […]

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Department of Labor Overtime Changes Bring New Wrinkle to Employers

As I talk to employers in various industries, one of the most common misconceptions that I hear time and time again is that as long as an employee is paid salary, there is no need to worry about paying overtime. This statement is not entirely […]

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Non-Solicitation Clauses Remain Relevant in Michigan

Most companies are familiar with Non-Compete clauses and routinely consider including them in Employment Agreements with new employees. However, clients in certain industries – like the creative sector – often believe they are not customary, and unwilling to make them a part of their culture. […]

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Raising Capital in the Restaurant Industry

Clients often come to us with a great restaurant, or business, concept, ready to form their company, but with only a small percentage of the money needed to bring their idea to fruition. The first of many questions is often, how do we get funding? […]

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